Game Informer is reporting that Activision-Blizzard has suffered layoffs in the wake of its earnings call last week. Don’t panic, MMO players; it at least appears that the layoffs were focused on the Minneapolis base and may have affected the Guitar Hero and Skylander franchises and other licensed IPs, although Activision-Blizzard didn’t specify. In confirming layoffs, a spokesperson said,
“As announced on our earnings call, our games for core audiences did extremely well, but the casual audience has not yet emerged on next gen consoles. So we are refocusing to better align with Activision’s long-term priorities because, as always, our strategy evolves to keep us ahead of a rapidly-changing industry. We are working with those impacted by the changes to offer outplacement services and support.”
Gameinformer says the original tip came from the spouse of an affected Activision employee; that tweet, however, has since been deleted.